Netherlands have missed the chance to go to Russia next year, and that would be the second Final Tournament that they will not attend. The mission was hard from the beginning, as they had to beat Sweden at a seven-goal difference. In a group where Portugal defeated Switzerland and France won 2-1 against Belarus, Holland found itself behind the two rivals at the end of this campaign.
Until now Russia, as the host, together with Belgium, Germany, England, Spain, Poland, Iceland, Serbia, Portugal and France have their spots sealed. Four more places are open for the playoffs winners.
In CONMEBOL all eyes were on five matches, with Argentina in a dangerous position of not qualifying. However, Messi & Co won 3-1 in Quito and joined Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia, who were already qualified. A total of 23 nations have booked their places for Russia, but another major shock came from the other American region.
USA will miss out for the first time in 32 years, after they lost in Trinidad and Tobago, 1-2. Panama managed a sensational win over Costa Rica, already qualified, with a winning goal in the 88th minute, final score 2-1. Alongside these teams, Mexico will join the World Cup. Iran, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Egypt are already qualified. Fans are still waiting for Peru-New Zealand and Honduras-Australia playoffs and other three spots to be filled by the African Teams. All in all, it will be an entertaining World Cup 2018.
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